Auckland region

Motutapu Island with Rangitoto Island and Auckland city in the background.

Motutapu Island with Rangitoto Island and Auckland City in the background

Map showing Auckland region.

Motutapu Island is pest-free - help keep it this way.

Before you visit, check for stowaways that may be harmful to wildlife on this island. View the biosecurity brochure on the Treasure islands website.

Motutapu is much older than neighbouring Rangitoto Island, and completely different geologically and botanically. The island is mainly in pasture although forests are being replanted and wetlands restored as part of a major community project.

Visitors are welcome, and there are a number of roads and walking tracks to explore the island, which is joined to Rangitoto by a causeway built in WWII. There is a basic campsite at Home Bay.

The Department of Conservation's future management of the island as a public reserve will be guided by a Conservation Management Plan (the Tāmaki Makaurau motu plan) that will be jointly approved by Ngā Mana Whenua and the Auckland Conservation Board.

View Auckland's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and islands brochure (PDF, 13,180K).

Location

Neighbours Rangitoto Island in the Hauraki Gulf.
 
 

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Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.

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Safety

Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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Contacts

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Downtown
Auckland 1010
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
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